The Line of His People

  • by C.J. Adrien
  • Narrated by Mark Topping
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

France, AD 799.
Northmen sacked the monastery at dawn before anyone had awakened. They burned the village and slaughtered all who stood in their path. The relics of Saint Philbert were lost, and the island was abandoned by those who once dwelled there.
Sixteen years later, a monk named Abriel who had survived the attack as a boy is sent to recover the relics to help restore the reputation and legitimacy of Saint Philbert. What he discovers on his journey changes his life forever.
Northmen had colonized the island in the absence of the monks. They hold the key to finding the relics, but they have greater plans for Abriel, plans that will take him to the North to find his destiny.
The Line of His People is a Viking age historical fiction novel written for young adults.

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Contemporary Raiders!

This is a fast-paced historical adventure pitting the mighty Northmen into and around France which is a new take for me. There is intrigue, action, bloody violence and a very interesting lead character in the form of Abriel. A young priest orphaned by the Vikings who finds that the outside world holds much more for him than he could have bargained for. There is a rich and varied cast of characters ranging from corrupt priests through to powerful Viking leaders, from beautiful Northmen royalty to mysterious witches of both sexes!

There is plenty of action, ably narrated by Mark Topping and backed by obvious and considerable historical knowledge, though this is never allowed to dominate or bog the story down. In fact, being aimed at young adults, the narrative has a very light touch and Topping delivers a quite contemporary band of 9th Century Raiders.

For me personally the touch was just a bit too light and occasionally what seemed to be important events passed by in the blink of an eye as the plot twisted and turned. The effect of events on the characters sometimes also seemed to be minimised.

However, I’m slightly (ahem!) older than the target audience and Adrien has put together an interesting concept that will develop further in the later novels I am sure. While a wise old elder like myself might have liked to spend an extra hour or three getting stuck into the detail it may well be that this author has found a balance that will sell historical fiction to the younger at heart.
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- Simon

An intriguing story beautifully told.

Would you recommend The Line of His People to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to others as it brought to life a very intriguing and harsh past. A time that is so difficult to imagine now and yet the common thread of humanity which is woven through time right up to modern times. Characters we can relate to, human stories we can relate to.


What does Mark Topping bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mark's voice is rich and warm. His story telling was key to my enjoying this audiobook. He brought the characters to life well and gave each one distinctive differences, without taking away from the flow of the narrative. I would definitely listen to more of his audio work.


Any additional comments?

A good story beautifully narrated and definitely worth a listen.

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- Gabrielle baker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-02-2016
  • Publisher: Voyageur Books